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iPad Doodling: Create Doodle Art Using Procreate

teacher avatar Keren Duchan, Doodler, Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Procreate Basics


    • 3.

      Filling and Masking


    • 4.



    • 5.

      Doodle Elements


    • 6.



    • 7.

      Tools for Adding an Accent Color


    • 8.

      Ways to Add an Accent Color


    • 9.

      Adding an Accent Color


    • 10.

      Solid Background and Texture


    • 11.

      Colorful Background


    • 12.

      Image Background


    • 13.

      Guide Layer


    • 14.

      Inspiration & Your Project


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About This Class

In this class we'll doodle on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app.

I'll show you some basic Procreate tools I use often and how they're helpful for doodling.

We'll practice drawing some basic doodle elements and then combine them to create more elaborate doodles. I'll guide you step-by-step and we'll doodle in black, then add an accent color to the black linework, and then add a background using different color palettes, brushes, textures, and effects.

This class is suitable for beginners - there's no prior doodling or procreate experience needed. By the end of this class you will be able to create intricate doodle art using Procreate.

All you need for this class is an iPad, an Apple Pencil, and the Procreate app.

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Keren Duchan

Doodler, Teacher


Hi! I'm Keren. I create whimsical, experimental, colorful illustrations and abstract work and using pen, ink, watercolor, and Procreate on the iPad. 

I'm here to encourage you to follow your creative path, grow your skills and confidence, and have fun with it!

Look me up on Instagram @artonthefridge.

I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations!

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1. Intro: In this class, we'll doodle on the iPad Pro, using the Apple pencil and the Procreate app. I'll show you some basic Procreate tools I use often and how they're helpful for doodling. We'll practice drawing some basic doodle elements and then combine them to create more elaborate doodles. I'll guide you step-by-step and we'll doodle in black, then add an accent color to the black line work, and then add a background using different color palettes, brushes, textures, and effects. This class is suitable for beginners. There's no prior doodling or procreate experience needed. By the end of this class, you'll be able to create intricate doodle art using Procreate. All you need for this class is an iPad, an Apple pencil, and the Procreate app. So let's get started. 2. Procreate Basics: Let's get started by opening up the Procreate app, and creating a new canvas. I'm going to use the square, you can use whichever you prefer, but the square will work, just fine for this class. Now let's go over a few very basic and very useful operations inside Procreate. You can use two fingers, to pinch, and zoom in, zoom out, of your canvas, and also rotate it. This is very helpful for seeing your whole doodle at a glance, or zooming in to work on finer details, and by rotating your canvas as you work, you get a more convenient angle for your line work. This is the color selector up here. You can go around this ring, to choose any hue you like, and then tap inside this circle to pick the specific color, and that's the active color up here. Now we're going to be making lines in pure black. The pure black is somewhere down here, you don't have to find it, you can just double tap in this area and it'll snap down to the pure black. The brush selector is up here. We have lots of categories and in each category you have a bunch of brushes, with different characteristics, and the brush we're going to be using in this class for line work, is in the calligraphy category, and it's the monoline brush. Now this brush creates a line that's very uniform, it doesn't get wider or narrower, and it's opaque, and it's also streamline, so when you make your marks, the application smooths them out for you, and this line is very graphic, and, clean, and crisp, and useful to make doodles in this style. You can use this slider here, to change the brush size, to make it very narrow or wider. To undo your previous action, you can tap this button here, which is the Undo button, and to redo you have this button here, or instead you could use the gestures. Tapping with two fingers is undo, tapping with three fingers is redo, and you can also tap and hold, to undo a series of actions. Now when you undo and redo, it says up here, what action was undone or redone. That's helpful to make sure that you're not undoing something you didn't intend to undo. All of the lines we've been drawing so far are on one layer, so you can see the layers here, and if you tap the layer and press Clear, it'll erase everything from that layer. Or instead, let's undo that. Instead, another way to clear the layer, is to scrub the canvas with three fingers. 3. Filling and Masking: Let's draw a few closed shapes. If we want to fill these shapes, we could just use our brush to do that. But an easier way or a faster way to do that would be to use color drop. So we drag this dot inside the shape and drop the color in. Now, one thing that might happen when you do that is you might get this hallow or this gap between the fill and outline. In order to overcome that, I'm going to undo the fill. I'm going do the color drop, but I'm not going to pick up my pencil. I'm going to slide the pencil to the left and to the right so you can see that this affects the color drop threshold. Bring the color dropped threshold up pretty high. From now on, your fill will work smoothly and you won't have that gap anymore. Let's undo that. Go back to our unfilled shapes. Another way to fill in your shapes is using the selection tool in automatic mode. I tap inside the shape, then I tap the layer, and fill layer. This will fill the shape anywhere I selected. Now, again, with the selection in automatic mode, you might have that problem where you have a gap. So let me show you how you might have this gap between your fill in your outline. That again, has to do with the threshold. I'm undoing my selection. Now let's tap the selection, it's in automatic mode. Tap and hold down and slide to the left and to the right, bringing the selection threshold pretty high. Now, when we fill the layer, it fills in that shape completely without a gap. Let's undo that. So if you wanted to fill in all of these shapes, you could drag and drop a color inside each shape, or you could automatically select all of the shapes at once, tap the layer and fill layer. Now, another super useful tool that I use is masking. Let me show you how it's useful. Let's draw a closed shape. Now, let's use a pretty thick brush size. Let's say I wanted to add some diagonal lines inside of this shape. You can see it's very hard for me because the outlines pretty thin and my line is pretty thick, it's pretty impossible for me to go all the way to the end with my line and not go over the outline. Let's undo these marks. In order to overcome that, or in order to help me do that, I can use the selection in automatic mode, tap inside the shape, tap on my brush, and now I can only draw inside the shape. Now, I can make these lines pretty fast and smooth and they will go all the way to the end of the shape and they won't go over the lines. You could also add some lines in the other direction. I use this a lot when I draw on the iPad. It's really, really helpful for working faster and having an overall smoother result. Now, you could also do this with multiple areas. So let me show you what I mean. Let's say, let's draw this shape and let's section it off. So first I'm going to use the masking tool for the whole shape, just a section it off like this. Now, let's say I want to draw a line that goes behind like this, but touches all the way. That's pretty impossible to do this way. Let's undo that. Lets unselect, let's reselect in automatic mode and tap into each of these shapes, back to our brush. Now, when we draw a line, it will only draw the line where the selection is active and makes it much easier to doodle and draw and fill in areas in different patterns and designs. 4. Eraser: So we talked about some basic operations. We talked about filling and masking. Now let's talk about how the eraser can be helpful for us when doodling. So let's clear our canvas and let's draw a few hollow shapes, hollow circles and let's embellish each of them with some sort of pattern, doesn't matter which. So I'm going to use the selection in automatic mode to help me not go outside the lines. Back to my brush. Let's say in this one, I'm just going to add some stripes like this. In this one maybe I'll add some dots. Over here maybe I'll add some filled-in circles and here maybe we'll add squares, like this. Every design that you draw with a brush on a blank shape or a hollow shape, you can draw with an eraser on a filled-in shape. So let's draw those shapes. But this time, we'll fill them in and let's draw these very same designs using an eraser. So the eraser is right here and it's a brush, just like any other brush and we're going to set it to be the mono-line brush, just the same as this brush. So that we get that same crisp line. We can adjust the brush size and make our marks using the eraser onto the filled-in shapes. So you can see how you can get a lot of variety by either making your marks in block, using a brush onto a blank background or making your marks using an eraser onto a filled-in background and you can also combine the two. So let's try an example of combining them. So going back to our brush, we'll draw a shape. I'm going to use my masking to paint only inside the shape, add some zigzag lines and fill in only half, just the top triangles and now we have these blank shapes to draw on with our brush. So maybe how to design like this and we have our eraser for embellishing the filled-in areas, so maybe just add some stripes. That's one way to combine both erasing onto filled-in areas and drawing onto the blank areas. Let's de-select. Let's try that again with a different shape. Mask it out, so I don't go outside the lines and maybe add some stripes, fill in the stripes. Again, I have these areas to embellish with the eraser and these areas to embellish with my brush. So maybe here I want to add some zigzags and here maybe I could add some circles. So the eraser comes in very handy for adding embellishments onto our filled-in areas. 5. Doodle Elements: So let's keep this canvas and you're welcome to try this out with other doodle designs and embellishments that you come up with yourself. I'm going to create a new canvas, square. I want to show you the doodle elements that I normally use. They're very basics. So using my brush, I usually use straight lines or semi straight lines, wavy lines, scallop lines, zigzag lines, dots, and filled-in circles, and maybe very little ls. So these look boring just on their own like this. But when you combine them and put them together, they get a lot more intricate and create very intricate doodles. So we've already seen that over here. We've been using straight lines, dots, circles, zigzag lines over here. Let me show you a doodle that I completed. You can see that it's basically just the wavy lines, some zigzag lines over here, some straight lines, some more zigzags, and some circles, and some dots and so on. So even though the doodle can get really intricate, it's basically built up a very simple lines and you just build it up as you go along. So let's try combining some of these elements. So for example, let's draw a curvy line over here. Maybe I want to use a narrower brush. So draw a curvy line over here. Another one that's more or less parallel to it. Now, using the automatic selection, I'm going to mask out this area back to my brush. Now I can add zigzags inside this ribbon that we created. Remember, you can rotate your canvas to make it easier for you. Now I'm going to deselect and select again inside these shapes. Back to my brush. Now I want to add just some straight lines inside of my zigzag lines. De-select. Finally, maybe I'll add some scallop lines like this. Finally, a thought inside of here. So you can see that by combining the elements together, you get something more interesting. There are endless ways to combine the shapes. So what we did at first was to combine. Now what we're going to do is fill. So let's choose some places that we want to fill in black. Maybe the scallops, and maybe each of these inner stripes fill. So now it has a different character. It's more interesting. There are some lines in there, some filled-in areas. Now Let's embellish it further with the eraser, so the eraser can be used to embellish over the filled-in areas. Maybe here I'll add just two stripes to each of these scallops and maybe add some dots to each of these stripes. So we've already started doodling and just by combining these elements, failing in erasing over the black, we've got an interesting doodles starting to form. 6. Doodling: So you can keep this Canvas or erase it and draw over it. I'm going to keep it and create another Canvas, and now, we're going to just practice doodling in this corner. I'm going to start by drawing a wavy line to mark out the corner that I want to doodle in. I'm going to keep going from there and see where it takes me. So maybe add some stripes, but maybe with a thinner line. So you can see that I'm also playing around with the line width. To add some variety, let's fill in some of these. So automatic I'm going to fill in these ones, fill layer. I can switch to my eraser and maybe erase out some circles here. Now let's add some stripes to these ones. So I'm going to mask them out, and use a very narrow or small brush size, and add stripes. You can see that, I'm rotating the canvas or zooming in, zooming out to make it easier for me, to draw these lines. So I think this shape is pretty much done, now lets add something in here, so I'm going to again mask this area off. Now, this goes in this direction. So now let's maybe add something this way. I'm going to add like scalloped lines. If I'm not happy with it, I'm just going to undo and try again. Don't be hard on yourself for having to undo because the Apple pencil is gliding on glass. So sometimes it's hard to make a mark that you're happy with. So it's fine to undo. Try maybe zooming out to make it easier or zooming in until you're happy with what you've got. I'm going to fill this in, and using my eraser, I'm going to embellish over this with some dots. Now let's maybe add a line going down here. So now we have this shape going this way, this shape going that way. I think I might add something over here. Now I'm going to add some stripes inside of here. We'll keep filling in this space and making our shapes going in different directions, using the elements that we talked about, the zigzags, straight lines, curvy lines, the dots and so on. Going to fill some areas and embellish them with and the eraser, and we're going to also embellish the empty areas with the brush. You can see how much I use the masking to help me draw lines that are smooth and don't go over onto the shapes that I've already drawn. So just improvise and keep trying shapes and filling them in. At some point you might like to just reuse ideas that you've already used, so for example, in this area, I'm going to reuse this pattern. I think that when you reuse the same thing in different areas and different shapes, sizes, it actually works to your advantage. It's kind of interesting to see the same thing repeated in different areas. So if you ever run out of ideas, just basically take ideas from yourself. Take ideas from within your own doodle, from different areas in your own doodle. I'm going to just add one last line over here. Some stripes. Maybe fill in a few of these. Finally, erasing into that thick line. Let's stop here because I want to talk about how we can incorporate an accent color into this black and white doodle. 7. Tools for Adding an Accent Color: So far we've been working just in black. Now let's talk about how we can add a color accent. In this class we're focusing on this style of doodling, which is just the black lines and a color accent in one color. The way I've set this up is I have a lines layer, which is just the black lines, and a separate layer for the color accents. Let's open up a new canvas, we go back to the gallery and plus create a new canvas. I wanted to go over some of the useful tools for working with colors into layers. Let's draw some circles just to represent our doodle that's in black. Let's go to our layers panel and rename the layer two lines. This is our lines layer. Now let's add another layer and let's rename this layer to color. Let's drag the color layer to be underneath the line's layer. Now let's choose a color we'd like maybe this light blue. Now when we're on the color layer, because it's underneath below the lines layer, whatever we paints in this layer will appear behind the lines so we're never disrupting the lines or erasing them or going over the lines when we are basically painting in a separate layer. Once we're in the color layer, let's just paint some circles and of course we can use color dropped to fill in the circles. But let's say we want to fill in this circle that's outlined in black. We want to fill it in color. That's not going to work. Why? Because the lines are on a separate layer so colored dropped doesn't see those lines. It sees only the lines in this layer. In order to overcome that, you can set the lines layer to be a reference layer. Now when you go back to the color layer, if you color drop into the black outline, that's going to work. But since you've set this layer to be a reference layer, then this will no longer work. You can't color drop into an outline that's on your layer. When you want to go back to doing that, you have to unset this layer from being a reference layer, go back to the color layer, and now color drop will work. We've got our lines layer and we can use this check box to make it visible or invisible or hide or show the layer so when we show only the lines layer, we've got only black in here and when we show the color layer, we've got only color and you want to keep it that way. But let's say you made a mistake and let's say, you were in the color layer and you were working in black and you drew something and you noticed that you have these black lines in the wrong layer. In order to move these black lines to the right layer, what we're going to do is we're going to use our selection tool in freehand mode and we're going to outline to select the shapes and tap this to close the selection. Now we're going to use three fingers and swipe down to open up this menu and Cut and Paste. What that does is it removes those lines that we selected from the color layer and it put them in a new layer, in this layer over here. Now let's take that layer and put it above the lines layer and tap it and merge down. Now the lines layer contains these lines as well. Now another way to merge layers, I'll undo the merge and now I have these two layers I want to merge so instead of tapping the top layer and merging down, you can also pinch the layers together. Again, just let's make sure that we have the black over on the lines layer and the blue over on the color layer and we want to keep it that way. Now since we're going to be using black a lot and blue and switching between them quite a bit. It would be helpful to have a palette containing just the black and the blues so we can access them quickly. In order to create a palette, open the color selector and go over to your Palettes, and tap the Plus and create a new Palette and maybe you can call it doodling or working or however you want to call this palette, or just leave it unnamed.Now once it's the default palette, when I go back to my disk, it's going to appear down here. Now let's add colors to the palettes. Let's add the true black by first selecting the true black and then tapping this square. Now we want to add the blue to the palette, but we don't remember exactly where it was, which blue it was exactly. We use the color dropper or the eye dropper tool by tapping the square and moving this along until it becomes the blue and the blue is the active color. Now we can tap into the palette and we have the blue. Let's say we added some color to the palette that we regret adding, we can just tap and hold and delete. Now we can also reorder the colors in our palette by tapping and holding and then dragging and that way we can move the colors around. Now we have this convenient palettes so that whenever we want to switch to black, we move to our lines layer. Tap on the palette, on the black when we want to switch to working in the blue move to the color layer and tap on the palette on the blue to select the blue. Since we're just working with two colors, you can also tap and hold the dot, and it will switch to the previous color so switching to black, switching to blue and that works if the previous color, is the color that you want. Now let's say you regret your color choice and you don't like this blue, you want a different color. What you can do is alpha lock your color layer. You can see that when you Alpha lock, you can have this indicator of this checkerboard pattern and also alpha Lock has a little check next to it and when you Alpha lock your layer, let me just choose a different color, since the color layer is Alpha locked, I can't paint anywhere except where it's already painted. I can't change the transparent pixels. I can only change the pixels that are non-transparent. Once the layers Alpha locked, if I fill layer, it will only fill the layer where there are non transparent pixels. Let's select, maybe an orange and layer is Alpha locked and fill layer. In that way we can play around with different colors. Now if you want to go back to painting on the layer, remember that you have to unselect Alpha lock so that the layer is no longer Alpha locked so you can add more non-transparent pixels to the layer. Another way to Alpha lock the layer is using a gesture like this, two fingers and swiping to the right and do that again to make the layer no longer Alpha locked. A second way to recolor is by tapping this adjustments menu and selecting recolor. This brings up this cross hair. You need to drag the cross hair to where the color is that you want to recolor and then open up this color selector and switch up the colors. When you use recolor, the colors switches instantly on the canvas and you can tweak and choose a color that you like. Now, if you do this, if you use recolor and it doesn't fill in or it doesn't replace all of the color. make sure that the flood down here is all the way up and that will replace the color everywhere. Let's just put it back to the blue, the way it was. 8. Ways to Add an Accent Color: Now that we have this helpful setup of two layers, one is for our lines in black and one is our color layer and we also have our palate with the colors that we're using. Let's try some examples of how we can embellish with color, not just by filling in areas. I'm going to clear both of the layers and move back to the lines layer and draw a shape like this. I'm going to mask off everything outside the shape and draw some hollow stripes in here. If I want to fill in these areas in blue, I want to move to my color layer and I want to move to using the blue as the active color. I want to make sure that this layer is a reference layers so that color drop will work. Back to my color layer and color drop into here. I can embellish these empty spaces just as I would with black, but with my accent colors. Maybe add some stripes, maybe some dots. Anything you can do with black, you can do with the accent color. In here let's say I want to add some crosshatching, but I don't want to go over the borders, so I want to mask this area. Let's switch to the lines layer, automatic selection, switch back to the color layer. Now I'm not going to go outside the lines and deselect. Over here maybe I'll just do a circle. There are many ways to embellish, not just by filling in. Another thing we can do is go back to the lines layers, select everything outside the shape. Go back to the color layer and add like an outline or a shadow to your shape, or maybe add just the thin line following your shape. Let's try something else here in the corner. Switch to our lines layer and to black at the same time. Let's use a pretty thick brush and pink thick line. Let's use our eraser to draw some dashes in the line. Now switch to our color layer and our color. Use a narrower brush and follow this line. Draw some scallops over here. Now I want to fill these scallops, but color drop won't work, right, because the black layer is the reference layer. I'm going to make the black layer not a reference layer and go back to my color layer. Now color drop will work. Now let's maybe add some circles in this area here. Now I can go back to black and embellish on top of the blue filled areas. Maybe add some narrow stripes over here. Maybe some filled in circles over here on the blue. There are many ways to embellish and add color to your doodles. Now because our blue layer is underneath the black layer, we can't switch to the color layer and paint over the black. But what we can do is erase the black like we did here and then paint that so it looks as if the blue is over the black. We could also add a color layer above the lines layer. But then if we want to recolor, we can't do that. We have to do that by recoloring both of these layers. I personally, just for simplicity, prefer to have just the one color layer and not two. I think we're ready to go back to our doodle and embellish it with some color. 9. Adding an Accent Color: Let's go back to our gallery and find the nice studio that we started making in black. Open up the layers panel, rename the layer that has the black lines to be lines. Add another layer, rename it to color, and drag the color layer underneath the lines layer. Now, you can decide if you want to keep working with this as your accent color or maybe switch it up to something else. Maybe I'll change mine. I'll add it to my palette, and I guess I'll just keep this blue, though I could delete it, if I wanted. Now, I switch to my accent color and switch to the color layer and we can start embellishing our doodle with the color, just like we practice. I'm going to first move to the lines layer, and mask these areas so that I don't go outside the lines. Then go back to my color layer and add some thick stripes. Now, I'm going to unmask and go back to my line's layer and set it as a reference layer, so that I can color drop according to the lines. Go back to my color layer, and now I want to select a few of these squares and fill them. Undo, fill them in with the accent color, tap, and fill layer. Now, I'm just going to keep going with my color and adding color accents until I'm ready to move back to my black and switch back and forth between the black and color. Now, here I want to fill this area, but it's bounded by a color and by a black line, so color drop is not going to work unless in the color layer, I close off the shape myself with the color, and I make sure that the line layer is not a reference layer, and now color drop will work for filling in this area. You can see that just like I repeated a pattern in black, I'm also repeating a pattern that I already used with the color. If you ever run out of ideas, just copy from yourself. When you're fairly satisfied with the colors that you've been adding so far, you can go back to black. Be sure to switch to the lines layer and switch to black, and keep embellishing either on top of the blank areas or on top of the colored areas with the black. You can always switch back to the color layer and add a little bit more embellishments, using the color. Now, you can keep doodling and fill in this whole space by adding lines and more lines until the whole space is filled, and switching between the black and the color. But I'm just going to keep this corner doodle and the rest of it blank. The last thing I want to do is go back to my line's layer, and of course switch to black and maybe add some cute flowers over the edge. I'm masking this area, so that I can only paint here and I can paint over here. Just adding these flowering doodles, and now fill mean in. Maybe add some leaves like this. Let's add two more of those. I'm pretty happy with that. We can say that this doodle is finished except for the background. Let's talk about different backgrounds you can add to your doodles. 10. Solid Background and Texture: We have our lines in their own layer, in black, and we have a color accent in its own layer, and then there's this special layer that comes in procreate, which is just a background color. Right now, it's set to white. The simplest way to choose a background for your doodle, is just to change the background color to something else. You tap over here and you can choose whichever color you'd like to be the new background. Once you've chosen a color, you might decide to go back to your color layer and recolor it to something else. I'm going to change mine to white by double tapping to get the pure white, making sure the layer is alpha locked and fill layer. I can go back to the background layer and change the color up a little bit if I want to. Now, let's say you want to add a background separate from this color to be just behind the doodle, so you can do that by going to the line layer using the selection tool and automatic mode and tapping over here, setting the selection threshold to pretty high,and then using invert to select this area down here, setting the selection threshold to be pretty low. Now, we can create a new layer drag that layer down below the color layer, and fill it in with whatever color which we can change later. I just want to make sure that we didn't go outside the lines. That's why we played with the threshold for those selection tools so that we won't go outside the lines. Now that we have this layer filled in, let me just show you if hide these two, it's just this area filled in in a different color. If I want, I can rename it to behind the doodle, and I can change it to whatever color by alpha locking and selecting a different color, and I can play around with different colors until I'm happy with the color I chose. Again, I can decide to go back to the background color and change that a little bit or changed the accent color. Now, this background color is a solid fill, there's no texture to it. If you want to add just a subtle texture like a noise to it, which you can do is add another layer, put that layer above the background color. If you want to rename it, you can rename it to something like background texture. Let's use the eyedropper tool and select this color and change the color a little bit so that it's similar to this color but not the same color. Now, let's use a brush, something in spray paints, you have the splatter brush, so it just splatter is a little bit of texture onto the surface, and now you've got this very subtle texture to your background. You can play around with that by going to the layer, tapping the N button right here, and playing around with the opacity to make it stronger, or weaker, or more transparent and less transparent, and also playing around with these modes. If you change these up, they change the way that this layer interacts with the layer underneath it. You can also switch from dark into lightened and then choose a different mode, so maybe you like this one, but you want it to be a little bit weaker, so you can play around with that. Now you have a texture that affects the background. You can also drag that texture to be above this layer so that it also affects this layer, and because we've set it to be colored dodge, it affects this layer differently than it affects this layer. Here it adds a bit of a light blue, and here it adds a bit of a light tan color. Now if you wanna do something similar but with a different feel to it, a different texture, play around with different brushes. I'm going to clear this layer and I'm going to maybe use the flix brush in the spray paints category, and that'll give you a different subtle texture. Again you can play around with the opacity and with these modes to get a different effect. So play around with the brushes and create all subtle textures for your doodle. Choose the colors that you think work best and go back and forth and change the color up until you're happy with it. 11. Colorful Background: We've created a background for our doodle that's just one solid color with some texture over it, and now, let's experiment with creating more colorful backgrounds. In order to do that, let's start by hiding these three layers so that the background is transparent and creating a new layer, which will be our background. Now, let's go to our brush selector and create a color palette that we're going to use for the background. Tap on Pallets and Plus to create a new pallet, and back to the disk color selector. Now, I'm going to create a palette that is going to use colors from this range from yellows to pinks. I'm going to choose colors that are pretty vibrant so from this area and also the lighter colors from here. I'm just going to choose a color and tap here to add it to the palette. I'm also going to add the pure white to the pallet. Now, that we have a palette that we want to work with, let's just choose one of the colors from the palette and fill the layer so that we have no transparent pixels left. Let's go to our brush selector, airbrushing, and choose the soft brush. Now, if you use a really large brush and choose whichever color from your palette, you can just add a gradient like this to your doodle. Whichever background you create, you can always turn the background texture back on. Let's drag that background texture above the colorful background that we created, and we can turn it on to add some more texture. Now, let's try this again, but with a smaller brush so that we have more color variation in the background. You can always add just a subtle color with a light touch or press harder to get a more solid and more pronounced addition of color. Another thing you can do, no matter what background you created, is to go to your adjustments and select, liquefy, and just nudge the pixels around a little bit. If you do that quite a lot, you can get sort of movement in your background. If you do it a lot, you can get a marbled effect. Now, if you like your background, but you think it's a little bit too strong and you want to make it a little bit more subtle, what you can do is bring down the Opacity of the layer and add a background color that will compliment this colorful layer. So maybe a yellow, maybe an orange or a pink. That way your background is a bit more subdued and not as strong as it was before. Now, let's try a different brush, so I'm going to delete this layer and create a new layer and hide the background. I'm going to use the same color palette, but a different brush. Let's start by filling the layer like we did before so that we don't have any transparent pixels. Let's choose the spray paints category and the fat nozzle brush. We're going to apply the paint to the layer just like we did before. You get a bit of a different effect with a spray paint brush because of these splatters and you can always add more texture by selecting the flix brush and tapping on the Canvas. As before, if you want, you can add the background texture on top of that to add some more texture. Now, let's hide these two layers and try again, what we're going to do now is choose a different color palette. I've just chosen a bunch of blues. Some of them are lighter, some of them are darker. I'm just going to put some colors onto the background like we did before with the air brush. I'm using the medium air brush, now, that we've got some colors on our Canvas, I'm going to go to the Smudge Tool and choose the old brush under the painting category. What this Smudge Tool does, is it doesn't add any more color, but it only pushes around the color that's already down onto the layer. The way that it pushes the color around depends on the brush that you chose. You can try this and smudge your colors around with different types of brushes to get all sorts of effects. As always, you can add a background texture on top, or you can make the layer less opaque and add a background color to switch up the colors. You can create a ton of different backgrounds for your doodles, just by playing around with your color pallets, with different brushes for applying your color, with the smudge tool for moving your color around with different types of brushes, by either adding a background texture or not and by playing around with the opacity of the layer and with the background color to change the color that you're seeing in the background and also with the Liquefy Tool. I encourage you to try this on your own, experiment with different colors, different brushes, and see what different backgrounds you come up with for your doodles. 12. Image Background: Another way to find the really cool backgrounds for your doodles is to go to a website like Pixabay and search for texture, and you can find images that you can download and use as the background for your doodle. Some of them might be a bit noisy. You can still use them and maybe blur them out. You can try that, but some of them can work as is. For example, this one looks pretty cool. You can download it, you can use a higher resolution if you'd like, and save it. Go back to Procreate. Now, when you're inside your canvas, go to actions, add, insert a photo, and choose your photo. Now, you can pinch to place that onto your canvas. If you hold this arrow here and pinch, you can just realign your canvas so that you can see what you're doing a little bit better. Once you're happy with it, just press the arrow again. What that did, is it added a new layer with the inserted image, and that can serve as a really cool background. 13. Guide Layer: So far, we've created a doodle in the corner of our canvas, and we had a lot of empty space left over for our background. In this lesson, I want to show you one way to doodle over the whole canvas while still leaving some empty space in between for the background to show through. So let's start off with a blank canvas and rename our layer to guide, and switch to one of the spray paint brushes. I'm just using the medium nozzle spray paint brush. Spray anywhere on the canvas that you want to doodle on. So the blue areas are where we're going to doodle and the white areas are where we're going to leave empty space for our background. There's nothing precise about this. You don't have to your doodle be exactly on the blue areas, and that's why the spray paint helps, because it's fuzzy. But it's really helpful as a guideline for where you're going to doodle and which areas you're going to leave out for your background. So once you have your guide layer setup, you can create just like we did before, a new layer for our lines. Switch to the pure black and switch to the monoline brush and start doodling. You can start either in the corner of the canvas, or like I'm doing here somewhere in the middle on the blue areas, and try to doodle inside the blue areas more or less. So as before, I'm doodling in my line slayer and black using the monoline brush. I've set up another layer for my accent color, but since I've got it in its own layer, I can always switch it up to a different color later on. I'm using fills and masking, and the eraser, I'm switching up my brush size and I am reusing the same doodle elements in some areas of the canvas. All the things that we did in the lessons up until now, you can apply in your doodle here using a guide layer. Once you've done dealing with lines and acts and color, you can hide the guide layer and move on to the background. I've created a new layer and renamed it to under doodle. In order to fill it in, I use the selection tool in automatic mode and select all the areas of the background. Then I invert the selection and fill the layer with whatever color so that all the areas under the doodle or filled in. You can always change the color of the under doodle layer later, or you can hide it or omitted altogether. It's up to you. Now, for the fun and colorful part are colorful background. I've created another layer and renamed it to background. I chose a color palette that contains some browns and some blues, and I'm using the fat nozzle brush from the spray paint category. I've just spring around with my colors to add some interest and texture and color to the background. You can switch up the accent color to whatever you prefer to a color that works better with your chosen background. Try some options out and see what you like. It could be darker or lighter color, more saturated or more muted. You could try colors from the palette you used for the background. I ended up choosing white for the accent color. Once I change my accent color to white, I needed to adjust the background to better compliment the white. I tried changing the color of the under doodle layer to make it work, but then decided it would be easier just not to have an under doodle layer in this case. So I hid the under doodle layer and added darker spray paint colors to the background layer to add more of a contrast with the white accent color. Finally, I added some flix of color to the background using the flix spray paint brush. I hope this inspires you to give it a try. Create a guide layer, and just doodle see where it takes you. With different doodle elements, different brushes, and different colors, the possibilities are endless. 14. Inspiration & Your Project: I wanted to show you some of my doodles in the hopes that it'll inspire you or give you some new ideas. This is a doodle I haven't completed yet. I decided to fill in the whole space with it. Somehow the accent color got a job of just being a solid fill with this design erased into it. As you're doodling, you might come up with just ideas on the fly, and that's the great thing about doodling, that the ideas come to you organically as you're working. You can also see that I already have a background for this doodle, even though I'm not finished with the line work and the colors. The reason for that is that as I was doodling, I really wasn't sure what kind of a background might even work with this level of noisiness of a doodle, so I used the soft air brush and a palette that contained some purples and oranges. I think it ended up working pretty well. I even lightened the background and made it more transparent and added white so that it wouldn't be as dark. You can always add the background whenever you want to. You don't have to wait till the end. You can even add a background in the beginning. This is a doodle where I think behind the doodle background works really well. Without it, it looks like this. The background is using an air brush and also using a texture on top. In this doodle, the only accent color is just here and here. This also took me quite a while to find the background that I was happy with. I ended up going with a spray paint that had very similar colors in it, and they were also similar to the accent color. This also took me a few tries. I wasn't happy with the backgrounds I tried for this doodle before. I'm really happy I didn't give up and kept looking for a different background until I was happy with it. Don't be discouraged if at first you don't like the colors that you've got. Just erase them, try something else and you'll end up finding something you like that you didn't even know you were going to find. This doodle was made using a guide. You can see that thanks to the guide, it inspired me to create all these shapes that go out into the empty space. That wouldn't have happened if I didn't use a guide. When I doodle without a guide, I don't normally create these shapes. This one has a liquified background, so I use the air brush just to spray in the background, and then I liquefied the background so that it follows the doodle. I think it worked really well in this case. This is also a doodle made using a guide. This is an experiment I made of doodling over a picture. This was the picture and I just doodled as if on the basket. Now, I don't think it's easy to find pictures where this works because of the curvature of the objects, but sometimes it works and it can be pretty cool and fun. Here's another really silly experiment I did with a picture of my cat. I just doodled in the border like this and added the image just like we did when adding an image background. Then I added some spray paints just to have the doodle show because the image was too dark. It's just a silly way and a fun way to doodle. Here's another example of a border where I used the under doodle background, so it's much cleaner compared to the spray paint that goes over the border. Here I have that same doodle with just some text in the center. I just wanted to see what it would look like, and I think it ended up cute. Those were some of my doodles. Now, it's your turn. Your project for this class is to apply what you've learned and create a doodle and procreate. You can export an image of your canvas by tapping on Actions, Share, JPEG. You can also do this from the gallery by swiping left on the artwork and tapping on Share. Upload an image of your finished doodle to your project down below. I look forward to seeing your creations and reading your feedback. If you're looking for more doodling resources, ideas, and inspiration, you're welcome to check out my other doodle art classes here on Skillshare. Thank you for taking this class. I hope you enjoyed it, and happy doodling.